(Peter Crawley’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 12/5.)

Don’t let the title fool you; the language of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2011 play is hardly impoverished. Just listen to how Jackie (Andrew Lynch) – recently out of jail, newly sober and just employed – greets his girlfriend, Veronica (Sinéad O’Riordan): “These flowers are for my Beautiful Boriqua Taino Mamacita Love Me Long Time Princess fuckin’ Beauty Queen.” 

That brocade of endearment emphatically announces a Puerto Rican voice in New York, so specific, at times, that Guirgis has offered some dispensation to overseas productions: “Don’t worry about trying to ‘be’ Puerto Rican,” he wrote. It’s useful advice for Orion Productions, which has the energy and attention to detail for this hyperkinetic comedy of struggle, suspicion and support in contemporary America, but a cast as ethnically diverse as The Nolans. 

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/review-the-motherfucker-with-the-hat-1.2027443

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